The week of gaming news popped up and needed a blog post about it, so here we are. Welcome to the game releases, gaming news, and a touch of entertainment news blog post for April 19th to the 25th of 2020. And now for the post.
Trials of Mana –
A remake of the SNES game which never officially came out in the United States after its 1995 Japanese release. It is an action role playing game that has made the switch from 2D pixel graphics to a fully 3D world. You and a group of adventures set out to find the mana sword in the hope of stopping a world ending event. Originally developed by Square who became Square Enix who handled development and publishing. It was released on April 24th, 2020 for Switch, PS4, and PC.
An adventure exploration game set in a futuristic city where you’re a delivery man. Your name is Rania and you work for the semi-legal delivery service Cloudpunk taking whatever packages need to be delivered even the dangerous ones. It is out on PC as of April 23rd, 2020 from developer and publisher ION Lands. The game will also be headed to consoles later in 2020.
The source code for Valve games Counter Strike: Global Offensive and Team Fortress 2 have been leaked to the public. The code was out there since about 2018 in private hands but now has made it to the public. Both games development teams have announced that users should not be worried as the code is from an older version of the game.
What a weird situation. Hopefully it doesn’t effect the games too much since hackers will likely use this old code to figure out new ways to cheat. Perhaps this will finally force the Team Fortress 2 team whatever is left of it to get into updating it once again just to make sure the game is safe. I doubt it as TF2 is pretty much dead development wise despite promised updates.
Nintendo revealed two updates to their games. Super Mario Maker 2 is getting a final update which allows users to create up to 8 worlds and link together levels. Along with new blocks and items for the player to use. Animal Crossing has announced its spring earth day update, bringing in familiar characters and an expansion to the museum that involves art.
Both of these are looking like they’ll be nice updates to their respective games. It is a bit sad that Mario Maker is only getting a year of post launch support. Animal Crossing on the other hand looks like it will be getting lots of little love to come for years. At least that’s the hope otherwise anyone who gets the game later on won’t have much to play once they’ve done all the basic stuff.
Amazon have quietly switched games coming out over the next few months to unavailable status. This is likely due to COVID-19 and the fact that actual disc printing is likely not going on for many games even if they’re ready for launch.
Yeah, there isn’t much Amazon can do about this situation. They need printers to print the discs and they aren’t printing discs and delivering them to stores. This is probably due to them not being essential employees. Physical releases are going to be delayed for quite a while until this mess of an epidemic is under control and there is a potential vaccine.
On the front of Battlefield V it looks like EA and Dice have decided to end further updates to the game. The last major update will arrive in June with new tweaks, weapons, and some new content. They will continue to support weekly missions but that will be it for the game. You can head over to EA.com for the full blog post on what’s going down.
It’s kind of sad when a game losses support but that’s also the life of a multiplayer game. It’s also kind of sad that the game never caught on as much as the other ones and that the fans, at least on Reddit, seemed to hate ever decision made by the developers.
Nintendo which has been dealing with a serious breach in security which effects Nintendo Accounts. A reported 160,000 accounts have been accessed or had information taken off of them. Nintendo also says that anyone who had linked their PayPal account and Nintendo account may be further compromised if they had the same password. Nintendo released a press release on their Japanese website confirming the intrusion, you should check it out to see what’s going on if you have an account with them.
Terrible situation and Nintendo needs to make sure that they set things right. Unfortunately this is also the way of the Internet these days with hackers attacking every company that might have data because that’s where all the money is made these days.
Warner Brothers is going full steam with their new streaming service HBO Max announcing that it will launch on May 27th 2020. The service will cost 14.99 a month but includes HBO shows, DC Universe shows, and original content. Variety.com has the story on the launch and some of the content coming to the service.
I need to see some trailers for their original shows before I jumped aboard. I know HBO is known for their content being good for the most part with a few misses along the way, so it gives me hope that MAX will be good. However, I do feel like the name is going to create confusion, especially since they have HBO Now and HBO GO both of which stream just HBO content.
That’s all for this week. Thank you so much for reading my blog post and its odd ramblings. For those that wish to leave questions, suggestions, and comments please feel free to do so. You can do that via email: Lostvideogamesblog@gmail.com, on Twitter: @Snipehockey, or just leave them in the comment section below.